Excerpt: I have used this lens for close focus flower work and some outdoor images of frost on leaves. In the week since it came I have found it to be easier to use than expected with my Nikon D800. Live view and review of the histogram both made for easy exposure. Live view focus was also easy and through the lens focus worked well. It is very sharp and cropping to enlarge was still sharp edge to edge.
Summary: Little difficult to master, but a great lens. I only wish it were possible to do autofocus. As this is manual focus, it has limited applications, but it's a great portrait lens. I recommend using a smaller aperture to make sure your focus is tack sharp. Almost impossible to use the focusing dot (my camera helps it decide if it's in focus or not) in the dark.
Excerpt: Continuing in the tradition of nice PC-E lenses, this 85mm Nikkor is a treat. I really appreciate the close-focusing abilities. This is one of those lenses where you either need it or you don't, so if you do, know that it is a high-quality piece of glass with beautiful image quality. If you don't absolutely know that you need it, then you probably don't.
Summary: This lens is one of the best made by nikon. stunning sharp, other pictorial results excellent as well. PC-E version is a bit lighter than older PC, but you cannot use PC-E mounted on any older body and any of extension rings, bellows without electric contacts cannot be used because of electronicaly managed aperture, PC version has no problem. Optically both versions are similar. Nice piece of lens.
Excerpt: It's not a "true" macro, but it does get to 0.5x life-size, which is great.The tilt/shift controls are easy to use and include locking knobs.As with any PC-E lens, it is manual-focus only, but the focus ring turns smoothly and is well-damped in its motion.The depth-of-field control is amazing, which is a good thing, because shooting this wide open means a *very* shallow DOF. Take your time to set everything up correctly and you won't be disappointed.
Summary: I love this PC-E lens with my D700. I've owned it for over a year and it gives me just what I need. However, I did send it into Service to have the Tilt & Shift knobs co-aligned, instead of at right angles, as for architecture. Now, there is not much space between all the knobs and buttons. With the Tilt & Shift in-line, I get exactly what I need every time. So I am a happy camper.
Summary: I do a fair bit of macro photography, and lately this lens has become my favorite. I tend to be "old school" and for a long time, my setup included an old bellows system with the Nikon 60mm macro. Honestly, I didn't use the bellows so much to get more magnification - it was all about having the tilts and shifts so I could choose exactly what parts of the image stayed in focus.
Summary: This is obviously a specialized lens, not something that the casual shooter would consider getting. That said, for some very interesting in-camera effects the tilt and shift become quite interesting.